Business Connection


September 2015

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

 Executive Board

Chairman of the Board
Josh Mann, Waste Management
Gina Rossall, Westside Union School District

Mark Troth, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Troth REALTORS
Luis Garibay, City of Lancaster

Katie Nelson, Hunter Dodge

Terry Roth, Joshua Memorial 

Past Chairwoman of the Board
Tamara Stoebe, Stoebe Services 

Board of Directors
Theresa Dawson, Lancaster Sheriff's Station

Elizabeth Diachun, Antelope Valley College

Stan Turner, Edwards Federal Credit Union 

Rosemary Mann, Camille's Sidewalk Cafe

Gene Melchers, Melchers Construction

Chris Spicher, Antelope Valley Florist

Monica Grado, George's Cleaners

Bernie Longjohn, Learn 4 Life

Calli Jaqua, Jaqua & Sons    
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
 Upcoming Events
September 2015

Labor Day Holiday 
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Office will be Closed
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Finance & Executive Committee Meeting
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

Monthly Chamber Luncheon
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Hellenic Center
43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536

TEAM Referral Network Fall Mixer
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
742 W Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

Viva La Fiesta-Desert Haven Auction 
AV Fairgrounds-La Plaza
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2551 West Avenue H
Lancaster, CA 93534

Celebrate America On The Blvd
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
Free Admission!

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meeting
7:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
554 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Domingo's Restaurant
1324 W. Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93534

Streets of Lancaster
09/25/2015 - 09/27/2015
The Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

New and Renewing Members


 Introducing Our Newest Members!
Ameriprise Financial 
Chandler Retirement & Wealth Advisors
Amanda Kelley
624 Commerce Avenue, Ste B
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 225-9882
Antelope Valley Quilt Association 
Kathleen Judkins, Donna Roberts
PO Box 4107
Lancaster, CA 93539
(661) 266-9048
Design & Prosper
Debbie Ignont
801 Lightcap
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 313-7007
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Jamie Bynum
1056 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-8888
Double "D" Cupcakes, Inc.
Marilyn Norris
706 West Lancaster Blvd, Ste 103
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 510-0480
LesleyAnne Brandenburg
8353 West Avenue E-8
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 886-8043
Planet Fitness
Matt Jones
44600 Valley Central Way 
Lancaster, CA 93536
Studio Equipment Rentals, Inc
Tim Gardner
45259 23rd Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 940-9151

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy 
Sarah Tyndall
38060 20th Street East
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 273-0850

We Are Pleased to Present Our Renewing Members 
Wells Fargo Bank
802 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-2300
Member Since: 1952

Oxford Inn & Suites
1651 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-3423
Member Since: 1986

Sierra Medical Group
39115 Trade Center Drive, Ste 130
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 273-7346
Member Since: 1987

Waste Management
1200 West City Ranch Road
Palmdale, CA 93590-4050
(661) 947-7197
Member Since: 1987

American Cancer Society
815 Lancaster Blvd, Ste 115
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-7585
Member Since: 1988

Big Iron Construction & Landscape Materials
1943-B Sierra Highway
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-0126
Member Since: 1988

Theurer Orthodontics
1629 West Avenue J, Ste 108
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 949-2290
Member Since: 1988

Atkinson & Associates
233 East Avenue K-6
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 723-5141
Member Since: 1989

High Desert Broadcasting
570 East Avenue Q-9
Palmdale, CA 93550
Member Since: 1990

Antelope Valley Transit Authority 
42210 6th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-9445
Member Since: 1992
Mission Linen & Uniform Services
619 West Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-5051
Member Since: 1992

Aloha Pure Water
2330 Mall Loop Road, Ste 114
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 949-0053
Member Since: 1993

Progressive Physical Therapy
1605 East Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550
(661) 273-0033
Member Since: 1993

All Glass & Plastics
42320 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-5838
Member Since: 1996

Hanford Property Management
554 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1153
Member Since: 1996

OPSEC Specialized Protection
44262 Division Street, Ste A
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 942-3999
Member Since: 1999

Stater Brothers Markets
1850 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 948-1885
Member Since: 1999

Stater Brothers Markets
2845 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-0059
Member Since: 1999

Five Star Auto Body-HW Hunter, Inc.
44733 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 951-9110
Member Since: 2000

Rancho Vista Golf Course / Cascades Restaurant
3905 Club Rancho Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 272-9854
Member Since: 2000

American Travel Bureau
2330 Mall Loop Rd, Ste 119
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 940-1165
Member Since: 2001

Nu Science Corporation
43102 Business Center Parkway
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 948-8898
Member Since: 2001 

AV Chem Dry
4504 Otter Court
Palmdale, CA 93551
(661) 722-9382
Member Since: 2002
Veterans Community Based Outpatient Clinic
340 East Avenue I
Lancaster, CA 935345
(661) 729-8655
Member Since: 2002

Bolts In The Bathtub
723 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 945-5541
Member Since: 2003

Minuteman Press
831 East Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 945-5916
Member Since: 2006

Fleming & Barnes / Diamondale Adolescent Care
23860 Hawthorne Blvd, Ste 200
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 791-3064
Member Since: 2007

Citizens Business Bank
42548 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 974-7976
Member Since: 2009

Eastside Union School District
45006 30th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 952-1200
Member Since: 2011

Boulevard Flooring Emporium, Inc
626 West Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-9500
Member Since: 2012

Desert Oasis RV Park & Storage
4968 Rosamond Blvd
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 547-6161
Member Since:2012

Progress Farms
9550 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(661) 487-2121
Member Since: 2012

Schooners Patio Grille
2797 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-0800
Member Since: 2012 

American Post & Parcel
43759 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1150
Member Since: 2013

Choices In Learning National Foundation 
42225 10th Street West, Ste D
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 265-0096
Member Since: 2013

Clark Pest Control
42831 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-7518
Member Since: 2013

Innovative Coatings Technology 
1055 West Avenue L-12
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 824-8101
Member Since: 2013

Power Center Car Wash & Lube
44846 Valley Central Way
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 942-5777
Member Since: 2013 

Starbucks Coffee House
855 West Avenue K, Ste 105
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 726-5040
Member Since: 2013

Wingstop Lancaster
1838 East Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 350-7599
Member Since: 2013

Aven's Fine Home Furnishings
44805 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-1103
Member Since: 2014
Phoenix Tile & Restoration 
21029 Itasca Street, Unit G
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 576-1051
Member Since: 2014

St. Andrew's Anglican Church in the Desert
2034 West Avenue K-4
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 609-0821
Member Since: 2014

TCC General Contracting, Inc. 
45319 North Division 
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 579-0449
Member Since: 2014

Interested in Becoming an Ambassador?


Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to represent the Lancaster

Chamber at many events, including breakfasts, luncheons, mixers, ribbon cuttings/grand openings and more!  Through this involvement, ambassadors are able to represent the chamber while also representing and marketing their own businesses--it's truly a "win/win" relationship!



 If you or someone at your place of business is interested in

 participating in our comprehensive training series and ultimately

 becoming an ambassador, please contact the Chamber: (661) 948-4518

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize the following for their August 4th, Quarterly Mega-Mixer Raffle Prize Donations:

Antelope Valley Ambulance
AV Chem Dry
AV Sports & Graphics
AV Sunrise Rotary Club
Antelope Valley Nissan
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Tamara Stoebe
California State University Bakersfield
Citizens Business Bank
DGM Corporate Safety, Inc.
Don & Vickie Ryan
Edwards Federal Credit Union
Hispanic Multi-media, Nelson Rasse
HM Waste Solutions
In-Shape Health Club
Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Terry Roth
Lighthouse Studios, Buddhika Ekanayake
North Valley Veterinarian Clinic
Mayflower Gardens
Rancho Vista Golf Club
Sol Graphix
The Tech Gods, Christopher Perosi
Town House Motel

We would also like to extend our appreciation to the following for their August 27, Business-4-Breakfast Raffle Prize Donations:

American Medical Response
Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Terry Roth
The Tech Gods, Christopher Perosi
Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop
AV Web Star 
Bank of America
Antelope Valley Florist
Chuck Simons


Stay Tuned For The Location Of Our Next Quarterly Mega-Mixer 
 With Mega-Mixers, your opportunity to network with others is greatly increased as these mixers are large-scale and are FREE to our members!  
If you are interested in hosting a mixer at your place of business, please contact Anna at the Lancaster Chamber office for more information:
(661) 948-4518 
Please click on the link below to visit our events calendar
The Antelope Valley Hospital Foundation Presents the Presidential Gala 




Helping Support Your Local Chamber is a


Take advantage of these special rates for chamber members!!



  •  Digital Display Ad on Chamber Wall - $250 / year (2050x1400 dpi).
  • Static Display Framed Poster* on chamber/visitor's center wall - $1000 / year (24x20 inches -12  AVAILABLE) -includes a free digital display for one year.
  • Chamber newsletter ad (600x600 dpi, includes link to your website) - $75 each or $750 for one year.
  • Website home page banner ad (along top of page) - $2500 per year (NO LONGER AVAILABLE).
  • Website home page ad $500 / year (600x600 dpi - TWO AVAILABLE).


  •  Package 1 - $500 - Includes one digital display ad and four newsletter ads.           
  • Package 2 - $1000 -  Includes one digital display ad, four newsletter ads, and one website home page ad (TWO AVAILABLE).
  • Package 3 - $1000 - includes one  24"x20" framed Chamber Wall poster* (12 AVAILABLE) and one digital display ad.

           *price includes poster production costs.





  • Community Calendar member event posting.
  • Annual area map and directories with advertising opportunities.
  • Referrals - Hundreds of request directed to members "ONLY".
  • Mailing Labels and Membership Lists available to members "ONLY".
  • Chamber Radio Talk Show and Chamber YouTube Free to members "ONLY".
  • Your business listed in the printed and online Membership Directory (Link to your website or social media!).

Chamber Membership Lists


Labels by Alpha: $50.00

Email Data: $50.00


Please call the Chamber for more information:

 (661) 948-4518 


What can the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce do to help grow YOUR business???


Membership Benefits 

  • Chamber Website
  • Monthly Business Connection E-Newsletter
  • Membership Directory
  • Membership City Map
  • Radio Talk Show - Free
  • Shop Local Showcase
  • Quarterly Mega Mixers
Monthly Events 
  • Membership Luncheon
  • Members Lunch & Learn
  • Business-4-Breakfast

Discount Advertisement 

  • AV Press - Chamber Page
  • Video Commercials
  • Web Video - Business Showcase

Please call the Chamber for more information:

 (661) 948-4518 


Mission Statement 


To Serve the Community by Promoting, Protecting, Encouraging and Developing Local Business 

For those of you who have utilized all the wonderful features of our new website, we are confident that you have seen interest in your business grow!  We are seeing

triple the traffic on our site since we rolled out the new product in late October!  It's easy for our members to use and navigate and the free marketing tools that are included are state-of-the-art!  If you have not yet had the opportunity to request optimization of your member page, upload coupons, classified ads, and member-to-member discounts, or submit your events and meetings to our community calendar, please log in to your account and take full advantage of these exciting ways to market your business on both our website and our mobile app!  If you need us to re-send your log-in information, please contact us at:

  (661) 948-4518

In This Issue
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce September Luncheon 
Please join us for our monthly luncheon on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

Raimone Roberts from the Small Business Development Center will be speaking on:
Rethinking Business Growth

The growth and continued viability of an existing business presents challenges to the owner on a daily basis. In this discussion, we will examine the thought processes that hinder growth and how business owners can position themselves to achieve their goals and beyond. 
Hope to see you there!

RSVPs are strongly suggested for this event.
                    EVENT INFORMATION
Date: September 9, 2015
Time: 11:30am - 1pm

Location: Hellenic Center
      43404 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93536
Chairman's Message

I can't believe it's already September. For most of us, this means the vacations are over, the kids return to school and its back to the grind.
But, there is no need to be blue. Autumn is a great time to be living in the Antelope Valley and here's why:   
Events - In addition to the ongoing Farmer's Markets and Sierra Toyota Concert Series, September marks the start of the City of Lancaster's "120 Days of Fun" beginning with Celebrate America on the BLVD (9/12) and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix (9/25-9/27). 
Promotional Opportunities - The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Semi-Annual Flea Market isn't until Sunday, October 4, but now is the time to reserve your vendor space. With thousands of shoppers expected, you do not want to miss this prime selling and networking opportunity!
Giving Back - September also marks the launch of the 2015/16 Young Entrepreneurs' Academy class. We are currently looking for program and scholarship sponsors as well as presenters, student mentors and field trip opportunities. If you or your business has the time, talent or resources to support the next generation of business leaders, please let us know. 
In closing, I would like to thank the many volunteers who supported the Chamber's Fair Parade and the Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival. Your contributions made both events highly successful and reinforces my chairmanship's unofficial theme: "do well by doing good."
Thank you all for being a part of the continued success of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce!
Josh Mann
Chairman of the Board
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
City of Lancaster Makes Early Call for Projects to Improve the Community for Ninth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Lancaster, CA. August 13, 2015 - The City of Lancaster is already working hard in preparation for its upcoming ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. In doing so, the City is now inviting the community to submit project applications. While the City will continue to accept project applications through October, citizens who anticipate proposing projects which require more than $250 in supplies and/or 50 volunteers are being asked to submit their project applications by Friday, September 18, 2015.

Whether you have an activity already planned that you would like included on the roster of projects, or are simply contemplating the seed of an idea which can grow into a project; the City would like to hear from you. The goal of this event is to direct volunteer efforts towards improving the areas which are of greatest interest to the community. Thus, community engagement is vital to ensuring true success.

Day of Service will be officially hosted on January 16 next year, the Saturday preceding the National holiday. Projects may span the entire week before and after the formal day of service. In past years, projects have included such activities as painting park fences, renovating the homes of veterans, improving school facilities, and serving food to the homeless.

No idea is too small. No concept is too large. Projects can be submitted by organizations, businesses, and individuals. To submit a project idea, simply download and submit the Project Application from the event webpage

For more information regarding the event, call (661) 723-5851 or email [email protected]

Dress & Decorate Contest 

The Contest Judges

Miss Rancho Vista, Miss Antelope Valley, Miss Rosamond, and 

Miss Palmdale

 Grand Prize Winner

Citizens Business Bank

1st Place Prize Winner

Mental Health America

2nd Place Prize Winner

Girl Scouts 

3rd Place Prize Winner

Cost Cutters (West)

Honorable Mention 

Cost Cutters (East)

Other Dress & Decorate Participants:

AV Florist

AV Animal Hospital

First City Credit Union

Hunter Dodge

TownPlace Suites


Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to all winners! 




      Join us for business, stay for breakfast!


        7:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M. Thursday, September 24, 2015


Event Location

Domingo's Restaurant
1324 W. Ave I
Lancaster, CA 93534


 Sponsored by:


Commercial Services Unlimited, Inc.

Tracy Hill, (661) 726-0071


*Please note - If you RSVP and do not attend you will be invoiced for $12.00

Promote YOUR business
of Charge
  FREE Chamber Radio 
Talk Show
 "Minding Your Business"
    Saturday, 12-1pm
 Call Chris Spicher: (661) 948-6006
Tax Planning for Small Business Owners
Tax planning is the process of looking at various tax options to determine when, whether, and how to conduct business and personal transactions to reduce or eliminate tax liability. Many small business owners ignore tax planning. They don't even think about their taxes until it's time to meet with their accountants, but tax planning is an ongoing process and good tax advice is a valuable commodity. It is to your benefit to review your income and expenses monthly and meet with your CPA or tax adviser quarterly to analyze how you can take full advantage of the provisions, credits and deductions that are legally available to you.
Although tax avoidance planning is legal, tax evasion - the reduction of tax through deceit, subterfuge, or concealment - is not. Frequently what sets tax evasion apart from tax avoidance is the IRS's finding that there was fraudulent intent on the part of the business owner. The following are four of the areas the IRS examiners commonly focus on as pointing to possible fraud:
  • Failure to report substantial amounts of income such as a shareholder's failure to report dividends or a store owner's failure to report a portion of the daily business receipts.
  • Claims for fictitious or improper deductions on a return such as a sales representative's substantial overstatement of travel expenses or a taxpayer's claim of a large deduction for charitable contributions when no verification exists.
  • Accounting irregularities such as a business's failure to keep adequate records or a discrepancy between amounts reported on a corporation's return and amounts reported on its financial statements.
  • Improper allocation of income to a related taxpayer who is in a lower tax bracket such as where a corporation makes distributions to the controlling shareholder's children.
Tax Planning Strategies
Countless tax planning strategies are available to small business owners. Some are aimed at the owner's individual tax situation and some at the business itself, but regardless of how simple or how complex a tax strategy is, it will be based on structuring the strategy to accomplish one or more of these often overlapping goals:
  • Reducing the amount of taxable income
  • Lowering your tax rate
  • Controlling the time when the tax must be paid
  • Claiming any available tax credits
  • Controlling the effects of the Alternative Minimum tax
Avoiding the most common tax planning mistakes
In order to plan effectively, you'll need to estimate your personal and business income for the next few years. This is necessary because many tax planning strategies will save tax dollars at one income level, but will create a larger tax bill at other income levels. You will want to avoid having the "right" tax plan made "wrong" by erroneous income projections. Once you know what your approximate income will be, you can take the next step: estimating your tax bracket.   The effort to come up with crystal-ball estimates may be difficult and by its very nature will be inexact. On the other hand, you should already be projecting your sales revenues, income, and cash flow for general business planning purposes. The better your estimates are, the better the odds that your tax planning efforts will succeed.
Maximizing Business Entertainment Expenses
Entertainment expenses are legitimate deductions that can lower your tax bill and save you money, provided you follow certain guidelines.
In order to qualify as a deduction, business must be discussed before, during, or after the meal and the surroundings must be conducive to a business discussion. For instance, a small, quiet restaurant would be an ideal location for a business dinner. A nightclub would not. Be careful of locations that include ongoing floor shows or other distracting events that inhibit business discussions. Prime distractions are theater locations, ski trips, golf courses, sports events, and hunting trips.
The IRS allows up to a 50 percent deduction on entertainment expenses, but you must keep good records and the business meal must be arranged with the purpose of conducting specific business. Bon appetite!
Important Business Automobile Deductions
If you use your car for business such as visiting clients or going to business meetings away from your regular workplace you may be able to take certain deductions for the cost of operating and maintaining your vehicle. You can deduct car expenses by taking either the standard mileage rate or using actual expenses. The mileage reimbursement rates for 2015 are 57.5 cents per business mile (56 cents per mile in 2014), 14 cents per charitable mile (unchanged from 2014) and 23 cents for moving and medical miles (down from 23.5 cents per mile in 2014). If you own two cars, another way to increase deductions is to include both cars in your deductions. This works because business miles driven are determined by business use. To figure business use, divide the business miles driven by the total miles driven. This strategy can result in significant deductions. Whichever method you decide to use to take the deduction, always be sure to keep accurate records such as a mileage log and receipts. If you need assistance figuring out which method is best for your business, don't hesitate to contact the office.
Increase Your Bottom Line When You Work At Home
The home office deduction is quite possibly one of the most difficult deductions ever to come around the block. Yet, there are so many tax advantages it becomes worth the navigational trouble. Here are a few common tips for home office deductions that can make tax season significantly less traumatic for those of you with a home office. Try prominently displaying your home business phone number and address on business cards, have business guests sign a guest log book when they visit your office, deduct long-distance phone charges, keep a time and work activity log, retain receipts and paid invoices. Keeping these receipts makes it so much easier to determine percentages of deductions later on in the year.
Section 179 expensing for tax year 2015 allows you to immediately deduct, rather than depreciate over time, up to $25,000, with a cap of $200,000 (down from $500,000 and $2,000,000, respectively, in 2014) worth of qualified business property that you purchase during the year. The key word is "purchase". Equipment can be new or used and includes certain software. All home office depreciable equipment meets the qualification. Some deductions can be taken whether or not you qualify for the home office deduction itself. It's never too early to meet with a tax professional to learn more about home office deductions.

The Month In Pictures



American Travel Bureau

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting


Quarterly Mega Mixer

Antelope Valley Fairgrounds 

Turf Club


Chamber Ambassadors at the 

Quarterly Mega Mixer

Antelope Valley Fairgrounds 

Turf Club


Senator Sharon Runner 

Ribbon Cutting and Open House 


Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting 



Antelope Valley Fairgrounds

La Plaza Outdoor Pavilion 

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting 



Antelope Valley Fair Directors

La Plaza Outdoor Pavillion 

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting 


Dickey's Barbecue Pit 

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting